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    “We are extremely pleased to see significant increases for the Housing Support Grant and social housing in the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget for 2021/22." Katie Dalton - Director, Cymorth Cymru
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Cymorth Cymru welcomes Welsh Government Draft Budget

Cymorth Cymru has today welcomed the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget, which includes:

  • Additional £40 million for the Housing Support Grant
  • Additional £37m for social housing
  • Additional £4m for the Homelessness Prevention Grant (to continue emergency COVID provision)
  • Additional £1.6m to support VAWDASV preventative work

Housing Matters report 202021 - Eng.jpgOver the past few months we have persistently called on Ministers to increase this vital funding in order to build on the extraordinary efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Homelessness and housing-related support services have been at the forefront of Wales’ response to the pandemic, helping thousands of people to move off the streets and into emergency accommodation. Tens of thousands more people have continued to be supported through the Housing Support Grant to avoid homelessness and stay safe from the virus.

We have been very clear that a significant increase in funding would be necessary in order to continue supporting the thousands of extra people who have entered emergency accommodation and to implement the Homelessness Action Group's recommendations. We have a unique opportunity to build on the fantastic efforts during the pandemic and make real strides towards ending homelessness in Wales.

This additional funding will help to supply the resources and capacity to provide housing and support to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in Wales.

Download the Welsh Government's Draft Budget documents here.

View the Finance Minister's statement here.

Cymorth Cymru Director Katie Dalton said: 

“We are extremely pleased to see significant increases for the Housing Support Grant and social housing in the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget for 2021/22.  

“Over the past nine months homelessness, housing and support services have been at the forefront of efforts to protect people from COVID-19, providing over 4,000 people with emergency accommodation and support, as well as preventing thousands more from becoming homeless.  

“It is absolutely essential that we build on these extraordinary efforts and make progress towards our shared goal of ending homelessness in Wales.  

“This budget provides a firm foundation for this - and we hope that all political parties commit to sustained investment in their upcoming election manifestos.”

 

What is the Housing Support Grant?

The Housing Support Grant is the Welsh Government’s principal funding stream for preventing homelessness and supporting independent living. Every year it helps more than 60,000 people to avoid homelessness, escape abuse, live in their own homes and thrive in their communities. Through the provision of refuge, supported accommodation and tenancy support services, the Housing Support Grant (HSG) prevents people from sleeping rough, enables people to leave abusive relationships, helps people to overcome mental health problems, and works with people to build on their strengths and fulfil their aspirations.

These services can be utterly transformational for individuals and contribute to a healthier, more prosperous, more equal Wales. In addition to changing lives, the Housing Support Grant also reduces pressure on a myriad of public services, from health and social services to criminal justice. Recent research conducted by Cardiff Metropolitan University found that every £1 invested in HSG services delivers £1.40 net savings to public services in Wales.

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